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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
82
good

488 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This big, dark ale is brewed using a variety of Belgian specialty malts along with 200 pounds of raisin puree per batch. The resulting flavor is a viscous mix of dark fruit, rum, toffee and raisins balanced with aromatic fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.

25 IBU

2009 - 6.6%
2010 - 12.0%
2011 - 12.5%
2012 - 12.0%
2013 - 11.5%

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 01-01-2009)
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Reviews by jamie2dope:
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is always nice to see a new big beer from Smuttynose in New Hampshire. I love the artwork on the label, which I am guessing is some sort of tribute to Milton's Paradise Lost. Anyway, back to the beer; pours a dark rosy color, with just a lacing worth of white heading. Brown bread in the nose, followed by some sweet dark fruit, creamy, almost reminds me of a dessert wine in some ways. Taste starts off with a punch of chocolate, then some fruity flavors, and ending on a malted milk ball quality (not unlike whoppers). Body is thick, syrupy and boozy. Sweetness can become a bit much at times, making it a tough one to finish on your own. This was an ok beer from Smuttynose, but I don't feel that it resembles a Quad. My first thought after sipping it was that it had a strong bock character to it. I am not one to quibble over style, but it does say on the label that this is a Belgian style quadrupel. Anyway, not bad at all, just not something I will be going back to any time soon. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:24:00 | More by jamie2dope
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3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle. Consumed on June 15, 2014. Reviewed from notes.

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is reddish-brown with a half-finger khaki head on top that settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Dried fruits - figs, dates and raisins - and alcohol. Noticeable alcohol right away gives a medicinal scent to this one.

T: Follows the nose, with mainly dried fruits (prunes & raisins), ripe fruits (apples, grapes and plums), some brown sugar and a big wollop of boozy heat at the finish. Not well integrated, and not at all like a good Belgian quad.

M: Nearly full-bodied, with some slickness. Carbonation is low, but then this bottle has been in my cellar for 2+ years.

O: Nothing to write home about, though it will certainly get you drunk.

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Let me start this off by saying that I know this is not a classic quad. My review is of an experimental quad, which I know that it is due to the description by smuttynose.

Appearance: deep reddish orange color. a half finger of an off white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a weak lacing. pretty hazy and near opaque.

Smell: the two things that stand out the most are raisins and a booziness, possible other dark fruits and some belgian yeast. fairly sweet overall

Taste: opens up with raisins, and just about as juicy as raisins get at that, some additional dark fruits such as plums, a definite booziness that is never astringent. belgian yeast and sweetness work its way through at some points

Mouthfeel: not overly heavy, medium in body. sweet and juicy feeling throughout followed by a slightly dry ending.

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22 oz brown bottle - label notched 2011

Smuttynose Gravitation Belgian Quad filled my snifter with a dark rust color and produced a small 1/4 finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Spotty lacing was present as the ale was consumed. The nose was dominated by dark fruit and raisins. The taste was malt dominated with raisins, and toffee in the forefront followed by a little fruitiness from the yeast. A pleasant alcohol warming is present at the finish. Mouth feel is smooth, fuller bodied with low-medium carbonation.

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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